Hard Times Roundtable

  In youth ministry, there’s no shortage of rough patches. You think you’ve got the lock-in planned, scheduled and effectively organized, and the location calls at the last minute and cancels your res...

Check Your Ego at the Door

Several years ago, I learned a lesson.  It's a hard lesson, and like most hard lessons, it hurt to learn, and it's a valuable lesson, and like most of the good lessons, I sometimes need to re-learn it.  So, i...

Tales from the Small Group

  I offered to just buy the coffee table from the host home family. Why, you ask? Because one of the small group members managed to discreetly carve his initials in it during our short stay in their hom...

Getting UnStuck

I grew up in Minneapolis, MN. Minnesota winters are bad. Just imagine walking outside in the middle of January with - 15 degrees and 3 feet of snow. I had to learn how to successfully drive in snow and ice sto...

Adding Humility to our Teaching

I remember sitting in my first week of theology classes as an undergrad at Biola University. I was hearing many new terms such as propitiation, infallibility and incarnation, but the concepts were familiar. I...

Big Numbers Or Small Groups?

Big Numbers Or Small Groups? Do You Really Have To Choose? If I can pinpoint the determining factor of why I am where I am today I can point it back to my small group experience. When I was in high school, sma...

Dear New Youth Worker

I hear the slight crack in your voice as you stand on stage and bravely introduce yourself. I know it is scary. The eager faces of the congregation are both encouraging and terrifying, as you brace yourself for...

Do You Have a Gender Bias?

Whether we realize it or not, most of us have a gender bias about very practical issues which we think are limited to one gender. Let’s look at four examples from youth ministry. Accountability Many times, a...